Educator Newsletter - August 2018
Thomas Haller, Alisa Divine and Katrina Jackson
Bulletin boards are up, the welcome sign hangs on the door, and inspirational quotes occupy important places on the wall. Your desk is neat and organized. You’re refreshed and recharged from the summer break. Just one more decisions to make and you’ll be ready to go. What will you do to make this year different from previous years? Do you want to increase engagement during your lesson plans? Do you want to set aside old lesson plans and add in more technology? Perhaps you want to redirect misbehavior with a nurturing voice. What professional growth will you visualize this year?
This is the moment to visualize the teacher you want to be this school year. Taking time to be mindful and intentional can set the tone for the rest of the year. Visualize the teacher you want to be. Consider writing your own professional growth goal. You know your strengths, your talents and the areas in which you can improve. Then, set short term and long term goals to reach the professional growth you want to achieve.
Last year, at our first staff meeting, the principal gave everyone three index cards and three envelopes. On the front of each card, we wrote a personal goal and on the back we wrote a professional goal we could reach by November, March and June. We sealed the envelopes and the principal put them in our mailboxes. We each chose to be intentional and mindful of our personal and professional growth as the school year progressed.
Teachers are artisans developing skills and strategies year after year. Embracing change and flexibility are important skills as the field of teaching changes around us. Visualize the teacher you want to be this year and plan the steps you will take to reach your goals. You and your students will benefit from the growth mindset you have developed.
Thomas Haller
Katrina Jackson
Alisa Divine
Thomas Haller's Schedule
September 9 - Gold Coast, Australia. 8:30 am - 11:00 am. The Six Best Parenting Strategies Ever. Currumbin Pines, Early Childhood Center, Gold Coast,  Australia. For more information visit
September 9 - Gold Coast, Australia. 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. The Six Best Parenting Strategies Ever, Benowa Hills Early Childhood Center, Gold Coast, Australia. For more information visit
September 25 - Essexville, MI. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Passport to Manhood-The Traits of a Fantastic Father. ESSEXVILLE Boys and Girls Club, Verellen Elementary, 612 W Borton Rd - Essexville. For more information call (989) 460-2496.
Katrina Jackson's Schedule
September 26 - Bay City Public Schools. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Refresher.
October 10 - BAISD,  The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need.
November 3 - SVSU. Using Pick Choose Decide in the Classroom. 
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